Illustration Radical Iran by John Camejo for The Washington Times
Last Friday, upwards of 10,000 viewers watched a live webcast, The Electronic Armageddon. It focused on the Electronic Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat, both natural, from solar geo-magnetic storms, and manmade, from nuclear atmospheric detonation. A distinguished panel of experts spoke at length about the realities of EMP vulnerabilities interspersed with new videos from The Clarion Fund and other sources as well as possible solutions. The Electronic Armageddon webcast was a collaborative effort of the Congressionally chartered Task Force on National & Homeland Security (TFNHS), The United West and the New English Review.
One of the experts on the Electronic Armageddon webcast was Reza Kahlili, ex-CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award winning book,A Time to Betray. Kahlili knows firsthand the threat of an EMP attack that might be unleashed by a Shiite Mahdist Iran. An Islamic Republic obsessed with the prospect of using nuclear weapons to bring about chaos that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei and President Ahmadinejad fervently support. That was evident in one of the first actions of President Ahmadinejad when elected in 2005. He convened his cabinet had them sign an agreement that they then took to the well in Qom for the moribund Twelfth Imam’s counter signature. Since then a road has been built to the holy well in Qom for ‘consultations’.
The Twelvers’ ideology, a form of Islamic rapture, has the Twelfth Imam leading an Islamic army to defeat a Jewish army lead by the Masih ad-Dajjal, a Jewish anti-Islamic figure and ‘false messiah’. Moreover, that doctrine further suggests that the resurrected Twelfth Imam and his fervent Shiite followers will conquer and retake Jerusalem without damage to Muslim holy sites.
Last year, Kahlili revealed a secret Iranian documentary, “The Coming is Upon Us” made by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, with authorization from both President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei , clearly stating the timing and the ideology for the destruction of Israel and America. Watch that chilling video, here.
The only means of fulfilling that Mahdist dream scenario realistically is through an EMP nuclear detonation over Israel. That made the revelations of Kahlili about The Electronic Armageddon and reported in yesterday’s Washington Times, “Iran’s Radical Rulers close in on the bomb”, of concern to both America and Israel. Kahilli disclosed:
The latest IAEA report as of May verified that Iran has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs, should it advance enrichment to weaponization grade.
Meanwhile, Iran, in collaboration with China and North Korea, has stockpiled more than 1,000 ballistic missiles capable of reaching all U.S. bases and oil fields in the region, Israel and several capitals in Europe. Iran currently is working on intercontinental ballistic missiles under the guise of its space program that will soon be capable of reaching any point on the planet. It has produced hundreds of cruise missiles, a clear threat to the flow of oil out of the Persian Gulf, and has armed its vessels with long-range ballistic missiles, with plans to expand its naval mission into the Atlantic Ocean and right behind the Gulf of Mexico.
According to a former intelligence officer of the Revolutionary Guards now defected to a country in Europe, Iran also has several neutron bombs (super-electromagnetic weapons). The source, who attended a commanders’ briefing by the Revolutionary Guards, said they have discussed a strategy in which “many planes will fall from the sky” — a clear indication that Iran is prepared to deliver an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has test-launched ballistic missiles off ships in an exercise similar to an EMP attack.
The possibility of ship launched attack by Iran discussed by Kahlili, whether against Israel, to fulfill the Islamic Republic’s rapture scenario or to bring America back to a literal Stone Age, was underlined in supporting comments from fellow Electronic Armageddon panelists:
AMBASSADOR R. JAMES WOOLSEY
Former Director, CIA and Chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
DR. WILLIAM R. GRAHAM
President Reagan's Science Advisor, NASA Administrator
Chairman EMP Commission
AMBASSADOR HENRY COOPER
Former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization
CONGRESSMAN ROSCOE BARTLETT
House Armed Services Committee
Chairman, Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee
Former Chairman National Intelligence Council
DR. WILLIAM FORSTCHEN
Author of EMP Novel
One Second After
DR. PETER VINCENT PRY
Task Force on National and Homeland Security.
Yisroel Hayom (YH) in today’s edition reflected the rising divide between the Netanyahu government in Jerusalem and the Obama Administration in Washington over assessments about when to unleash a possible military option against Iran’s nuclear program. In a lead article, “US-Israel rift over Iran nuclear red line deepens”, YH noted the controversy over an alleged new US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program rapidly reaching its objectives:
The U.S. still believes that Iran is not on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon and that Tehran has not made a decision to pursue one, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
Their comments came after Israeli media reports claimed U.S. President Barack Obama had received a new National Intelligence Estimate saying Iran had made significant and surprising progress toward military nuclear capability.
The new National Intelligence Estimate report on the Iranian nuclear program is very similar to Israeli assessments on the matter, and the perturbing nature of the report highlights the disparity between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's positions relative to that of President Obama.
Later, Defense Minister Ehud Barak suggested that the new U.S. report, which he acknowledged might be something other than a National Intelligence Estimate, "transforms the Iranian situation into an even more urgent one."
But U.S. National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor disputed the Israeli reports, saying the U.S. intelligence assessment of Iran's nuclear activities had not changed since intelligence officials delivered testimony to Congress on the issue earlier this year.
"We believe that there is time and space to continue to pursue a diplomatic path, backed by growing international pressure on the Iranian government," Vietor said. "We continue to assess that Iran is not on the verge of achieving a nuclear weapon."
Israeli commentators don’t buy the Obama Administration dithering on such an existential threat as an EMP attack suggested by Kahlili. Note what Ben Gurion University Middle East Historian and author Benny Morris concluded in an YH opinion, “Stop Iran at all Costs”:
Destroying Iran's nuclear installations, even if it only delays their progress toward an atomic weapon for one or two years — will shake Iran and force it to reconsider its options, especially if accompanied by threats that Israel is determined to prevent a nuclear Iran even if it means using nonconventional weapons. Such an attack will also function as a signal to all of Israel's enemies in the Middle East that their dreams of annihilating Israel are not necessarily realistic.
And one word to those who are afraid of what Iran's response will be: It will pale in comparison to the damage Iran will cause if it has nuclear capabilities.
Both America and Israel could deter the effects of possible Iranian EMP attacks by shielding their electrical grid systems and adopting other measures including securing back up transformers. Dr. Pry of the TFNHS , who co-authored a number of reports for the Congressionally-chartered EMP Commission, indicated that to robustly shield our electrical grid in the US would cost no more than $20 billion equivalent to an additional 22 cents for each electricity user in America. Perhaps an equivalent effort by Israel National Electrical Authority would yield the same cost effective means of protecting its citizens from an Iranian EMP attack. Overarching that is the necessity to act to deter Iran permanently from unleashing an Islamic nuclear rapture on the Middle East region and the World. Kahlili suggests in his Washington Times opinion article that can only come from America and the West supporting regime change in Tehran.
Watch for an interview with Reza Kahlili in the September New English Review.
From what I've seen the EMP danger really only comes from hydrogen bomb blasts. From the time of the first A-bombs in 1945 until an H-bomb test in 1962, this effect was not observed on electricity transmission grids. No one says that Iran is about to develop an H-bomb at this time.